By George Santayana
In his essay "Imagination," George Santayana writes, "There are books during which the footnotes, or the reviews scrawled by means of a few reader's hand within the margins, can be extra attention-grabbing than the text." Santayana himself was once an inveterate maker of notes within the margins of his books, writing (although well, by no means scrawling) reviews that light up, contest, or curiously extend the author's proposal. those volumes supply a variety of Santayana's marginalia, transcribed from books in his own library. those notes provide the reader an strange point of view on Santayana's existence and paintings. he's by means of turns serious (often), approving (seldom), literary, slangy, frivolous, or even spiteful. The notes express his humor, his occasional outcry at a writer's folly, his quandary for the niceties of English prose and the putting of Greek accessory marks. those volumes checklist alphabetically via writer the entire books extant that belonged to Santayana, reproducing a range of his annotations meant to be of use to the reader or scholar of Santayana's idea, his paintings, and his lifestyles. each one access contains a headnote with the author's identify, the name of the paintings, short e-book info, and the library position of the e-book. now not all marginalia from a given textual content is incorporated; the notes were chosen for content material and elegance. [cut final sentence; reduce complete paragraph if nec.] Santayana, usually residing in solitude, spent loads of his time speaking to, and speaking again to, a superb miscellany of writers, from Spinoza to Kant to J. S. Mill to Bertrand Russell. those notes rfile these conversations.
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E. it’s intrinsic essence is not specified. Can the essence of matter in existence be specified? 1 Known. 1 [At top:] Quote in Americanism This is all true, but expressed unamiably. The quality expressed in modern reflexion is not cognitive dogmatically, but aesthetic and emotional. We are satisfied with practice and poetry. 1 … moreover continue to name their activity “science,” because what concerns them is not that which concerned the ancients: the speculative and intellectual conquest of truth, procured for free men through qualities which made perfect their intelligence and intrinsically elevating their humanity.
Power is before truth. 2 1 … the essence of God is the reason of His existence; one says that He is unto Himself, He in Himself the pure reason of His Being, the reason of His existence, because His essence is precisely to exist. 2 Or rather to know, to be spirit. || Quelle philosophie rampante! 1 Yes: a hypostasis of the satisfaction of seeing necessity in things. But this is sophistical, because existence is necessarily contingent and unintelligible. 1 What a crawling philosophy! Divine existence is infinitely more than that.
D. (c. 1933–34). Waterloo. 151 marginalia. 1 p 14, marked Z Progress by substitution is appropriate to the natural sciences; it is their law. The more purely they realize their type, the greater their progress. But that progress is not the law of wisdom. Its progress is a progress of deepening, of progress by adhesion and of the most profound union, of increasing intimacy. Good science does this too. 2 p 26, marked ||The idea that existence does not exist is not a contradiction,|| because the word existencia, the concept that the name of existence designates existence itself from the point of view of essence, insofar as it has a certain intelligible density, a certain source [foyer] of intelligible determination, is existentia ut significata [existence as signified], as apprehended in a concept […].
George Santayana's Marginalia, A Critical Selection, Book 1: Abell-Lucretius by George Santayana